Saturday, October 24, 2009

RIP IV Challenge

Carl from Stainless Steel Droppings is again hosting the Readers Imbibing Peril (RIP IV)This will be my third year (2007, 2008) playing along, and this is my favorite book challenge each year! 

Dark Fantasy.
The desire for the thrill that comes with this kind of reading drifts in on the autumn winds. You breathe it in and it takes hold of you, tempting you to late nights, book-in-hand, turning pages and starting at every unknown noise. Something wicked this way comes…

I'm again going to be participating in the Peril the First:
Read Four books of any length, from any subgenre of scary stories that you choose.
I might actually add the Short Story Peril as well:

From Stainless Steel Droppings ~ More than any other time of the year, R.I.P. season brings out my desire to explore the short story genre. We will again do Short Story Sundays, for those of you who read R.I.P. related short stories any time during the week and want to write about them. I know I have Lovecraft, Poe, and Angela Carter waiting in the wings for my short story reading.
I'm really excited about this challenge starting up again.  I look forward to it every year.  These are actually the kind of books I normally read, but when the challenge is going, I find so many new authors and books, I never knew about.   
I haven't had a chance to start my TBR yet for this challenge.  Anyone feel like the fall snuck up on them?  Once I get my kiddos to school next week, I will have more time to think about reading selection and I will update here as I decide. 
Some of the books I've read in past RIP Challenges ~
Tithe by Holly Black
Valiant: A Modern Tale of Faerie
Eclipse by Stephanie Meyers
Breaking Dawn
Faerie Tale by Raymond E. Feist <--- Great one for the challenge!
Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
Grave Sight (Harper Connelly Mysteries, No. 1) & No 2
Season of the Witch
Some of the books I never got around to reading ~
Nightmares & fairy tales. Vol. 1 by Serena Valentino
The Thirteenth Tale
Something Wicked This Way Comes
Dead To Me by Anton Strout
Updated, books I've read so far (10/27)
Memoirs of a Fortune Teller ~ Read September, my review
The Historian ~ Read
The Haunting of Hill House ~ Read and enjoyed!
Ghosts of Anchor Bay ~ Read
Robe of Skulls (kids book, great if your kids want to play along) ~ Read

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

9 Free Short Stories from Barnes & Noble

I go to Barnes and Noble once or twice a week to use the wi-fi service they offer while my daughter is at dance.  The first time I went there, I was checking out the website and saw the e-reader they offer.  I figured I'd download it and keep some books on my laptop for when I'm without internet while out.  You can download it to your iphone, blackberry, pc or mac.  When you download it, you can also download some free books.  I got a bunch of great books for free already!

They also have 9 free short story audiobook downloads.  Each one is about an hour long.  At checkout, they show up as a penny, when you checkout though it zero's out.  I selected paypal to get past the cc screen. 

Here are the 9 short stories available to download for free ~

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Merrano of the Dry Country
Ysrael: An Unabridged Story from Drown
Truth or Dare: from The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted
Fathers: An Unabridged Story from The View From Castle Rock
Great Day: An Unabridged Story from Armageddon in Retrospect
Best New Horror: A Story from the Collection 20th Century Ghosts
Super Goat Man: An Unabridged Story from Men and Cartoons
The Babysitter's Code: from Short Story Collection Hardly Knew Her

 Also if you are in the area on the 24th, they are giving away a free child size cookie and hot chocolate, yum!  Find the coupon and others on the coupon page.
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Monday, October 19, 2009

Review ~ 72 Virgins by Avi Perry

A suspense-thriller about a nightmare scenario-a countdown to a Mumbai-style attack on U.S. soil, where the FBI, the Israeli Mossad, the US-based Iranian clandestine terror network, and the Islamic Jihad fraternity, all engaged in a timeless conflict, which plays out to a crescendo that comes to a head before the dramatic conclusion. The story offers an ample dose of realism, a cast of intense characters who engage in love, lust, and violence. It portrays the Jihad culture with its rationale and the volcano that breeds an irrational obsession with death. Moreover, it builds on the Jihadists' motivation for targeting so many innocents and exploiting the victims' massacre as a stepping-stone to their dream of eternal paradise next to Allah's throne. The real question is not whether Jihad terrorists' plots will ever cease to emerge-there is no chance of that. The question the book seeks to answer is, will the next one be stopped before it's too late?

This is a write up from the publisher of the book  72 Virgins by Avi PerryPerry was born in Israel, and he served in the IDF as a member/commander/accordion player of "Lahakt Pikud Zafon" (Northern Command Group) during his regular military service in the early 60s. He later studied at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and after serving in the Six-Day War as a military field intelligence and communications specialist, he went on to study for his Ph.D. in the US, where he currently resides.

My Thoughts ~ This book starts out with instant action.  It draws you in at the very first paragraph.   Not only is 72 Virgins a gripping fictional thriller, but it is also a very frightening book.  It is a very real book.  72 Virgin is one of those books that isn't real, but borders so close to "real" that it is scary.  With Perry's background, this book helps you to identify with the Jihad culture in a way that most of us never have before.  

In writing this review, I have been reading Avi Perry's blog.  I wanted to include a snippet from his blog here ~ 

I lived and breathed war violence, military intelligence, spy-craft designed for terror deterrence. I understand wars, military conflicts, and faith-based hate—an Islamic trait, since I grew up in that kind of a hostile neighborhood. I have been frustrated by the naiveté of my American friends and colleagues who keep asking, whenever I take a trip to my birthplace, “aren’t you worried? Isn’t it dangerous over there?

I keep thinking to myself. “Aren’t you worried as well?” Did you forget 9/11? Did you forget the following terror and potential terror attacks on US and Western interests all over and around the world?America needs a constant reminder. Americans must be more alert and more aware. The economy is important. The healthcare system must be fixed. But security should not be sacrificed in the process. Without security - freedom, the economy and healthcare are meaningless. And if you don’t get it, try living in Afghanistan for a week.   

I think this is one of those books that you just have to read.  There is strong writing, great story from an experienced man.  It is a great way to open your eyes, think of things differently but in a fictional sense.  That is part of the joys of reading for me.  When I can learn something while enjoying a good book.

You can purchase  72 Virgins at Amazon, it retails for $19.99.  You can learn a bit about Islam at Perry's website, he has videos, pdf files and power point presentation.  

Avi Perry is also a musician.   He played professionally to finance college, and now continues to play as a hobby at home.  He has some Christmas jazz on his website if you are interested.

I would like to thank Avi Perry for sending me a copy of his book to review.  To note, I was not paid for my review in any way.  My opinions are mine.

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Sunday, October 18, 2009

Giveaway ~ 100 4 x 6 Postcards

I have another great giveaway thanks to my sponsor to share with you today.  

This giveaway is going to be for 100 Postcards for One Lucky Winner
Size:  4x6; Paper:  14pt Cardstock Gloss; Printing: Full color both sides    

There are so many possibilities with this postcards!  Do you have a business, tons of uses?  Save on postage and make thank you cards or Christmas cards this year.  Design something to give as a gift to a teacher, boss, family member that owns a business, etc etc.  Possibilities are endless!

To enter this giveaway, take a peek at Uprintings postcards, then come back here and tell me what ideas you have for these postcards.  

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This giveaway will end on October 27th at 11:59pm.  Winner will receive an email with prize claiming directions on November 6th.

For hosting this giveaway, I will be rewarded with 100 postcards as well.  I was not paid any more for this giveaway.

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